5 Mayan Apocalypse Myths Debunked

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5 Mayan Apocalypse Myths Debunked
 

 
On Friday, Dec. 21, some say, the Mayan apocalypse will arrive and the world will end. Fortunately, it won't.

A bold claim, we know, but if it's good enough for NASA, it's good enough for us. The space agency has already issued a press release dated Dec. 22 entitled "Why the World Didn't End Yesterday."

The Mayan apocalypse predictions arise from a misunderstanding of the ancient Maya Long Count Calendar, which wraps up a 400-year cycle called a b'ak'tun on Dec. 21, 2012, the day of the winter solstice. This just so happens to be the 13th b'ak'tun in the calendar, a benchmark the Maya would have seen as a full cycle of creation.

Did you catch that? Cycle. In other words, the Maya had a cyclical view of time and would not have seen the end of their calendar cycle as the end of the world. It wasn't until Westerners began reinterpreting the calendar in the past couple decades that it got its apocalyptic overtones.

Mayan apocalypse rumors have proliferated on the Internet, running the gamut from beliefs that Dec. 21 will bring a new era of peace and universal understanding to predictions of a devastating astronomical event. We're all in favor of world peace, but we're here to put your fears to rest about the likelihood of planetary annihilation. Read on for five common Mayan apocalypse fears and why they won't come true.

Prediction 1: The sun will k!ll us all

Much has been made by Mayan doomsday fear-mongers of the fact that the sun is currently entering a maximum activity phase. The sun rotates through periods of quiet and activity that peak roughly every 11 years; active periods are marked by an increase in solar storms and flares.

Some of these flares can indeed influence Earth. When the sun releases electromagnetic particles in such a way that they interact with our atmosphere, solar storms can disrupt telecommunications, though there are ways to protect satellites and other electronics. These charged particles are also responsible for the aurora — the Northern and Southern Lights.

Predictions of a Dec. 21 solar storm that will devastate the planet are not based in reality, according to NASA scientists. This particular solar maximum is one of the "wimpiest" in recent history, according to NASA heliophysicist Lika Guhathakurta, who spoke during an online panel on the Mayan apocalypse on Nov. 28. In other words, scientists have no reason to expect solar storms capable of disrupting our society.

Prediction 2: The Earth's magnetic poles will flip-flop

What is it with the Mayan apocalypse and electromagnetism? This rumor holds that the North and South Poles will suddenly and catastrophically change places on Dec. 21.
The idea isn't as totally leftfield as it sounds: The Earth's magnetic field does actually flip-flop occasionally, though not in the course of a day. The pole swaps happen over the course of hundreds of thousands of years, according to NASA. The switching of magnetic poles could lead to a slight increase in cosmic radiation, but previous flip-flops have not disrupted the life seen in the fossil record.

Predicting the magnetic-pole switch is also tough. The last swap occurred about 780,000 years ago, which puts the planet about due for another change in the next several thousand years. However, there has been at least one period where the magnetic poles stayed put for 30 million years.

Prediction 3: Planet X will collide with Earth

Planet X, sometimes known as Nibiru, does not exist. Nevertheless, some doomsday theorizers have predicted that on Dec. 21, this "rogue planet" will slam into Earth, annihilating all life.

Planet X rumors got their start in 1976, when the late author Zecharia Sitchin claimed to have translated a Sumerian text to rediscover the lost planet Nibiru, which allegedly orbits the sun once every 3,600 years — supposedly explaining why modern man and telescope had failed to notice this planetary neighbor. In 2003, self-described psychic and alien-channeler Nancy Lieder warned that this planet would collide with Earth. When that didn't happen, the date got pushed back to 2012 to coincide with Mayan apocalypse myths.

Of course, a planet set on a collision course with Earth in mere days would be extremely visible to the nekkid eye. In fact, Nibiru should have shown up as nearly as bright as Mars in the night sky by April 2012, if that scenario were true. Given NASA's capacity to peer into deep space, a nearby planet headed for Earth is not going to escape detection.
"We would have seen it years ago," said Don Yeomans, the manager of NASA's Near-Earth Object program office in Pasadena, Calif.

Prediction 4: The planets will align

Another fear is that the planets will align on Dec. 21, somehow impacting our planet. This one is easy to debunk. Take it away, NASA:
"There are no planetary alignments in the next few decades," according to the space agency's 2012 doomsday myths webpage. "[E]ven if these alignments were to occur, their effects on the Earth would be negligible."
There have been planetary alignments in 1962, 1982 and 2000, according to NASA, and we're all still here.

Prediction 5: Total Earth blackout

This rumor, circulating in spam emails, claims that NASA is predicting a total Earth blackout between Dec. 23 and Dec. 25. Way to ruin Christmas!
Some emails claim that this blackout will occur as the result of the sun and Earth aligning for the first time, while others spin a wild tale about Earth entering "a still ring" called the Photonic belt. Whatever the alleged cause, this is simply not going to happen, according to NASA.
"There is no such alignment," agency officials write.


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 5 years ago '05        #2
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Great article. But one of the craziest sh*t I've seen...


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 5 years ago '10        #3
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Did people really say that "the sun will align with the Earth?"
 5 years ago '06        #4
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 sm00vb0iiw0nder said:
Did people really say that "the sun will align with the Earth?"
sadly yea
 5 years ago '07        #5
Wilder GOAT 259 heat pts259
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but GOD is here
 5 years ago '04        #6
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How does the Sun alight with the Earth? The Earth revolves around the sun. That's like saying the Moon is aligning with Earth. Can it align between the Earth and the Sun. Yeah. SmH.
 5 years ago '11        #7
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 Sticks said:
Great article. But one of the craziest sh*t I've seen...

holy sh*t.. what the fu*k is this.


"i believe on december 21st, 2012 we will discover time travel"


 5 years ago '06        #8
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Mayan Dude: Hey bro want to get a beer

Mayan Dude 2: Im kinda busy creating this calendar but sure why not
 5 years ago '04        #9
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 Mr Kush said:
Mayan Dude: Hey bro want to get a beer

Mayan Dude 2: Im kinda busy creating this calendar but sure why not
 12-17-2012, 10:13 PM         #10
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 mr kush said:
mayan dude: Hey bro want to get a beer

mayan dude 2: Im kinda busy creating this calendar but sure why not
 5 years ago '08        #11
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When a Calendar ends, what do you do?
 5 years ago '04        #12
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 givitup4bk said:
When a Calendar ends, what do you do?
Flip that sh*t to the next month on that bi*ch>>>
 12-17-2012, 10:45 PM         #13
DNa BRoWN 
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They can't even predict the weather accurately.
 5 years ago '10        #14
SwooshWonder 13 heat pts13
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The question I'm asking is what do they say happens at the "beginning" of the cycle?
 12-17-2012, 11:12 PM         #15
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Expect many casualties on that day people will commit suicide and some will go on k!lling sprees, I hope that doesn't happen but there's too many mentally unstable people out there the worse thing is we don't know if we're gonna get it because of those dumb fu*ks who would rather give up their pathetic life and take other with them.
 12-17-2012, 11:39 PM         #16
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I think we're going to end up k!lling each other before some end of the world sh*t happens. I believe this world will end faster because of man, rather than some bullsh*t.

Believing this is like believing ghosts exists. I've got greater things to worry about.
 5 years ago '05        #17
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 recklesss said:
I think we're going to end up k!lling each other before some end of the world sh*t happens. I believe this world will end faster because of man, rather than some bullsh*t.

Believing this is like believing ghosts exists. I've got greater things to worry about.
Lay off fox news and movies b.
 5 years ago '12        #18
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 5 years ago '05        #19
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Did any of these science guys ever stop and say "Hey you know what? Maybe the reason the calendar stops on this date is because the Mayans up and said fu*k it we tired of doing this calender thing let's go do something else!!!"
 5 years ago '06        #20
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i get paid on the 20th so....
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